Meet the Team
Dr Ian Cowell (Director)
PhD MSc MCSP HCPC MACP
Ian is the principal physiotherapist and director of Brook Physio and has over 30 years of clinical experience. He qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1989 and, in 1993 he travelled to Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia, where he completed a Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy and was awarded the 'Brian Edwards' prize for clinical excellence. Curtin University is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for musculoskeletal physiotherapy and Ian completed his Masters in Manipulative Therapy there in 2000; researching the effectiveness of physiotherapy in the treatment of cervical spine related arm pain.
He is a current member of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists, a group of Chartered Physiotherapists who have reached a recognised standard of excellence in neuromuscular physiotherapy (www.macpweb.org).
He acts as consultant physiotherapist for a number of professional football clubs, where his client group includes premier league and elite internationals.
Ian has a particular interest in persistent low back pain and has recently completed a part-time PhD in physiotherapy at Imperial College London where his research focus was on the training of physiotherapists in 'Cognitive Functional Therapy' (CFT), a person centred, body/mind approach to understanding and managing complex pain disorders. Ian is a recognised CFT educator (for more information on CFT go to www.pain-ed.com).
Ian is also actively involved in post-graduate physiotherapy teaching and has lectured post-graduate students on the Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course at Canterbury University and at Kings College London on the MSc Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy programme. He has also published several research articles on the physiotherapy management of low back pain, and presented his work at national and international conferences.
George Michaelides (Associate)
MSc, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy MCSP HPC
Having completed a BSc in Sports Science in 2002, George embarked on a career in physiotherapy and graduated in Physiotherapy from Kings College London in 2005. To develop enhanced diagnostic and management skills in sports injuries, George successfully completed a specialist MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine at Queen Mary’s London in 2007.
Over his last 8 years in practice George has worked in the NHS, football academies and the health and fitness industry. With his specialist knowledge in Sport and Exercise Medicine, George combines his experience and expertise in exercise prescription and physiotherapy intervention to facilitate speedy return to sport and enhanced performance. George has over 8 years experience working as a specialist Personal Trainer and endeavours to formulate training programs not only to achive the best recovery but also ensuring that other facets of fitness are not lost. Having a fully equipped gym and studio on site ensures in-depth analysis of running and cycling injuries, and assessment of exercise technique to be fully explored.
George's keen eye for detail has enabled him to consolidate his assessment and treatment skills in the field of musculoskeletal and orthopaedic therapy, and as such is in regular contact with patients referred by GP’s and consultants alike. George has a specialist interest in knee pain and persistant back disorders and has completed further courses in applied ergonomics, spinal manual therapy, acupuncture, cognitive functional therapy and manipulative techniques to enhance his practice and effectiveness.
Karen is a qualified member of the Body Control Pilates Association in both mat work and studio equipment and has been teaching Pilates for over ten years.
She initially qualified as a sports massage therapist in 1998 and worked at Brook Physio where she gained years of clinical experience in the field of sports rehabilitation whilst working alongside physiotherapists. This was part of a multidisciplinary team that was committed to holistic care and management, and she became fascinated by the causes of dysfunction in her clients. This provided the inspiration to become a Pilates teacher, to focus on subtle loss of movement control and the muscle imbalances that contribute to the client's pain and dysfunction. Her clients range from general fitness to rehabilitation referrals and professional elite athletes.
Steve trained with Premier International in 1999 and qualified with their Diploma in Fitness Training and Sports Therapy.
He has worked at Brook Physio since 2001 and, in his role as a Sports Massage Therapist, his work ranges from injury rehabilitation and prevention, to simply reducing occupational stress and increasing a sense of well being.
Alongside his position as a Sports Massage Therapist, Steve is also an established Personal Trainer and Conditioning Coach which complements the massage perfectly.
Emma Smith-Taylor (Practice Manager)
Emma is the Brook Physiotherapy practice manager and is happy to help you with any queries you may have regarding the clinic. Emma deals with administrative and general account matters and also oversees the marketing and promoting of the practice. For appointments or if you have any problems with insurance claims Emma can guide through any necessary paperwork.